In praise of quotes

December 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More

A novel in every sentence! 

I’ve been collecting quotes for years.  Here are some of my favorites.  No particular topic.  BTW, “The Quotations Page is a good place to get a quote of the day. 

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (referring to the benefits of openness and transparency).

If we had been born in Constantinople, then most of us would have said: ‘There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.’ If our parents had lived on the banks of the Ganges, we would have been worshipers of Siva, longing for the heaven of Nirvana. As a rule, children love their parents, believe what they teach, and take great pride in saying that the religion of mother is good enough for them.

Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and lecturer

Why should we take advice on sex from the Pope? If he knows anything about it, he shouldn’t.

George Bernard Shaw

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss in enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“The best time to plant a tree… was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.”

Chinese Proverb

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Alfred North Whitehead

The besetting sin of political and media types is that about 98 percent of their public conversation is utterly dishonest. The language is inflated, pompous, deceptive. The words are soft, squishy evasions of reality, coated in a layer of Olympian certainty. There’s a fundamental disconnect between the speaker and the listener.

Jeff Greenfield      

“If this is the ‘ultimate game,'” Duane Thomas said, “how come they’re gonna play it again next year?”

As quoted by Jeff Greenfield

“The mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.”

Thoreau, from “Life Without Principle.”

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.  ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’
‘I don’t know.’  
‘Then,’ said the cat,’ it doesn’t matter.’

  Lewis Carrol: Alice in Wonderland

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr., “The Trumpet of Conscience”, 1967

“One purpose of a liberal arts education is to make your head a more interesting place to live inside of for the rest of your life.”

Mary Pat McPherson

“I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with the sense, reason, and intellect, had intended for us to forgo their use.”

Galileo Galilei

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

Dorothy Parker

“Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn’t have in your home.”

David Frost

“Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” 

Steven Wright

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”

Henry David Thoreau

I’m not getting paid much for staying alive, but it’s good experience. 

Ashleigh Brilliant

Help!  I’m trapped in a human body! 

Ashleigh Brilliant

My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot.

Ashleigh Brilliant


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Category: Meaning of Life, Quotes, Writing

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Skblllzzzz says:

    Great selection, thanks. Do you have all your quotes online somewhere?

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    Skblllzzzz: Glad you enjoyed these.  For more of my favorites, click on the "Quotes" category (right column of the home page). I'll be posting more quotes periodically. I usually collect a few every month, and they do add up.  There are lots of good quote sites online as well.  Check out Wisomquotes, annabelle and wikiquoteHere's a good site for figuring out the author ofa quote.

    A good quote is a mental explosion (I almost said orgasm, but didn't because this is a family site–well, actually a site for subversive freethinking families). Gotta go . . .


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